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Nearly synonymous with fine wine and all things epicurean, France has a culture of wine production and consumption that is deeply rooted in tradition. Many of the world’s most beloved grape varieties originated here, as did the concept of “terroir”—soil type, elevation, slope and mesoclimate combine to produce resulting wines that convey a sense of place. Accordingly, most French wine is labeled by geographical location, rather than grape variety. So a general understaning of which grapes correspond to which regions can be helpful in navigating all of the types of French wine. Some of the greatest wine regions in the world are here, including Bordeaux, Burgundy, the Rhône and Champagne, but each part of the country has its own specialties and strengths.

Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are the king and queen of Burgundy, producing elegant red and white wines with great acidity, the finest examples of which can age for decades. The same two grapes, along with Pinot Meunier, are used to make Champagne.

Of comparable renown is Bordeaux, focused on bold, structured red blends of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc including sometimes a small amount of Petit Verdot or Malbec. The primary white varieties of Bordeaux are Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon.

The northern Rhône Valley is responsible for single-varietal Syrah, while the south specializes in Grenache blends; Rhône's main white variety is Viognier.

Most of these grape varieties are planted throughout the country and beyond, extending their influence into other parts of Europe and New World appellations.

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  • Chateau Lynch-Bages (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017 Front Label
    Chateau Lynch-Bages (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Cos d'Estournel (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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  • Louis Jadot Gevrey-Chambertin (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017  Front Label
    Louis Jadot Gevrey-Chambertin (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017
    Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau Brane-Cantenac (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017 Front Label
    Chateau Brane-Cantenac (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Beychevelle (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Leoville Barton (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape (3 Liter Bottle) 2017  Front Label
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    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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    Chateau Montrose (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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  • Domaine de la Janasse Chateauneuf-du-Pape (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017 Front Label
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    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Louis Jadot Corton Pougets Grand Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017  Front Label
    Louis Jadot Corton Pougets Grand Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017
    Pinot Noir from Aloxe-Corton, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Louis Jadot Clos Vougeot Grand Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017  Front Label
    Louis Jadot Clos Vougeot Grand Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017
    Pinot Noir from Vougeot, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau de Saint Cosme Cotes du Rhone Les Deux Albions (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017 Front Label
    Chateau de Saint Cosme Cotes du Rhone Les Deux Albions (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017
    Rhone Red Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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  • Arnaud Mortet Gevrey-Chambertin (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017  Front Label
    Arnaud Mortet Gevrey-Chambertin (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017
    Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Chateau Sansonnet (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017  Front Label
    Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Bouchard Pere & Fils Beaune Clos de la Mousse Premier Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017 Front Label
    Bouchard Pere & Fils Beaune Clos de la Mousse Premier Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017
    Pinot Noir from Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Ferret Pouilly-Fuisse (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017  Front Label
    Domaine Ferret Pouilly-Fuisse (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017
    Chardonnay from Pouilly-Fuisse, Maconnais, Burgundy, France
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  • Dominique Piron Morgon Cote du Py (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017  Front Label
    Dominique Piron Morgon Cote du Py (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017
    Gamay from Beaujolais, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine de la Solitude Chateauneuf-du-Pape (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017  Front Label
    Domaine de la Solitude Chateauneuf-du-Pape (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Bouchard Pere & Fils Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017  Front Label
    Bouchard Pere & Fils Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017
    Chardonnay from Aloxe-Corton, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Bouchard Pere & Fils Volnay Caillerets Ancienne Cuvee Carnot Premier Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017
    Pinot Noir from Volnay, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine de Beaurenard Chateauneuf-du-Pape (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017  Front Label
    Domaine de Beaurenard Chateauneuf-du-Pape (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Domaines Ott Chateau de Selle Cotes de Provence Rose (1.5L) 2017  Front Label
    Domaines Ott Chateau de Selle Cotes de Provence Rose (1.5L) 2017
    Rosé from Cotes de Provence, Provence, South of France, France
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  • Chateau Leoville Poyferre (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017 Front Label
    Chateau Leoville Poyferre (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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